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|Posted by: scepo Apr 10 2018, 05:32 PM|
| The vile taunts directed at Samantha Armytage during Sunrise protest
WHEN protesters descended on Sunrise’s Commonwealth Games set this morning, host Sam Armytage copped some vile comments.
news.com.auApril 10, 20181:56pm
THERE were rumours all week that a group of indigenous protesters, the same ones that stood out the front of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, were going to pay a visit to Sunrise’s Gold Coast set.
And this morning, just before 7.30am, the group, armed with Aboriginal flags and ‘Stolenwealth Games’ signs, headed to the open-air set at Kurrawa Beach and sat themselves directly behind the Sunrise panel and right in front of breakfast show’s cameras.
The completely backless set, which was built that way so the show’s hosts David Koch and Sam Armytage could turn and speak to visiting fans throughout the ad breaks, ended up being the exact thing the protesters needed to make themselves heard.
When the protesters finally got a chance to be heard, some directed vile comments directed at Armytage about her appearance and her weight.
While an indigenous elder tried to stop some of the protesters from using foul language, Armytage was labelled a “white b***h” and “racist” during ugly scenes.
But before the scene got nasty, Sunrise tried to avoid showing the protesters on TV.
As the crowd of protesters rapidly increased and the chanting of “where’s our apology” and “they say justice, we say murder” descended into “Shame on Scumrise”, the breakfast show frantically tried to avoid their main set.
First, Kochie was filmed further up the beach, introducing a video package from there rather than in the show’s main set.
Then, weatherman Sam Mac introduced his interview with Aussie boxer Skye Nicholson mere metres away from the protesters.
And after Sam sparred with her for a few minutes, Edwina Bartholomew did the day’s entertainment news from the Optus Aquatic Centre in Southport.
But the protesters didn’t disperse and their chanting didn’t stop, so eventually, Sunrise made the decision to address it.
Just before 8.30am, Kochie and Sam “addressed the land rights protest behind them at Kurrawa Beach”, struggling to be heard over the chanting.
“We support and respect anyone being able to protest and get their view. Happy to have them here, and to express their view, but we have to be a bit careful with language and aggression,” Koch explained as the protest grew louder behind him.
“As regular viewers would know, we have lots of families and kids here. It’s school holidays in Queensland, it’s the Commonwealth Games, and while we respect everybody’s right to protest ... there are a lot of families on holidays.”
“We have to be very careful with some of the language going to air. I do want to point out that the original segment that sparked this was that children are at risk, not about land rights ... just keep that in mind,” Armytage chimed in.
The protesters were there to speak about the Stolen Generation and stolen land but their main point of anger appeared to be with Armytage.
More than 100 indigenous protesters stood outside Sunrise’s Sydney set last month after the breakfast show discussed Aboriginal adoption on an Armytage-led Hot Topic segment that they said descended into “blatant racism”.
But this time, there was no soundproof glass or blinds to cover the demonstration up.
Protesters screamed at Armytage this morning, warning her they were “coming for her in her dreams” and that they were going to “write a letter and get her fired” so Ernie Dingo could replace her.
One particular elder, who was in charge of the indigenous group, tried calling for calm a number of times as some of the louder protestors called her a “c**t”, a “racist, f**king pig” and a “white b**ch”.
Dressed in a Stolenwealth Games t-shirt, the elder told them to “watch their language” if they wanted to stay on TV and reminded them to “save their voice” in the ad breaks so they could be especially loud when the hosts were actually on-air.
When the elder told the group they were going to leave in 25 minutes, the same time Sunrise would finish, one woman said she wasn’t leaving until Armytage gave her an apology.
“They need to take accountability” she said.
Things took a turn for the worse when a little girl shouted a compliment to Armytage and she turned around and gave her a brief wink and smile.
“Why won’t you look at us Sam, you’re dividing us,” they yelled, as fans of the show stood to the left while protesters stood to the right.
“Are you scared of us Sam? We’re coming for you,” they said.
A number of people who were on the sand purely to watch Sunrise get filmed had conversations with the protesters, some of which became heated.
When a woman asked a protester why they were there, the woman said they “wanted an apology”.
“But Kevin Rudd already said sorry,” the Sunrise fan snapped back.
A protester also made a jab about the breakfast host’s dress, telling her Armytage was “popping out” of it and suggested she should “cover up with an Aboriginal flag”.
When Kochie told the protesters to “do their homework”, the group told him he should “do his own f**king homework” and insulted the veteran host’s glasses.
Sports reporter Mark Beretta also appeared to be visibly distressed at the situation, often attempting to reason with the crowd but getting yelled over.
When the promised 25 minutes was up, the group’s elder said it was “time for them to go”.
“We’ve said what we came here to say,” he said.
Everything seemed to be winding up and Sunrise appeared to be off the hook until a number of women hear Armytage comment that the protesters were “being nasty”.
“Nasty? You’re nasty,” they screamed.
But eventually, the group heard the elder’s wishes and started wandering back up the beach.
A Queensland police officer asked the elder if they were fine to get back to their campsite at The Spit and he said they were leaving on the two buses that had brought them there.
The entire group dispersed quite quickly which meant in less than one ad break, viewers were instead looking at a crowd of smiling families, dressed in green and gold and waving to the camera.
When news.com.au asked a handful of protesters if an apology from Sunrise would bring an end to it, one of the women piped up and said “it wasn’t about that”.
“This is about us using the games as a platform to remind everyone that they’re here on stolen ground, off the backs of colonisation”.
After the protesters left, Kochie and Armytage turned to the crowd and gave them a grim smile.
“Sorry about that,” they said.
“Sometimes you’ve just gotta stick it out,” Armytage said before spotting Channel Nine on the beach and telling the crowd to “give them a big clap”.
“It’s the only way they can get some ratings on TV,” she joked before apologising again.
But whether or not it’s all over for Sunrise remains to be seen.
While leaving, a number of protesters in the group had a final threat for Armytage.
“See you tomorrow Sam,” they said.
Police seemed reasonably unfazed by the protest with at least 30 hovering in a nearby park and dozens more surrounding the Sunrise set on the beach.
In a statement to news.com.au, QPS said “Queensland Police respect the rights of people protesting lawfully and peacefully in Queensland.”
On Saturday, around 150 indigenous protesters walked down Surfers Paradise beach.
In a statement released to The Guardian, “the protest group said that the Commonwealth and its colonised countries had now gathered on stolen Aboriginal lands for the Commonwealth Games, and like in 1982, they were again protesting against their non-acceptance of colonial rule, the forced oppression of Aboriginal peoples and the suppression of their ancient freedom rights.”
The protest group is expected to hold demonstrations during the rest of the Commonwealth Games, which ends on April 15.
News.com.au asked Channel 7 for comment, but was directed to comments made by the hosts while on air.
The network did not respond to questions about how it would address any potential protests tomorrow.
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